Emergents TCG, an emerging digital trading card game built on the blockchain that’s aiming to take on giants like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering has announced its public beta.
As part of the launch, it’s offering players an opportunity to get their hands on some extremely rare and unique trading cards that are currently unavailable anywhere else. They’re available in its limited edition Super Booster packs, which are on sale now.
The packs, of which there are standard, rare and epic editions – the latter available only through auction – feature exclusive artwork not found anywhere else in the game. What’s more, the cards are assigned to the packs at random, so buyers have the chance of landing an NFT of incredibly high rarity, which means that it could well become extremely valuable when traded on a third-party marketplace. For instance, the Rare Super Booster Packs can contain up to six Super Booster Exclusive NFT cards, and one or more might be extremely rare.
The rarest NFTs will be so-called “first minted” cards – or the first edition of a specific NFT, but that’s not all that could be available. For the packs might also include one of 28 NFTs that can be redeemed for physical, original comic book art, meaning it could contain a “true collectible” in the traditional sense.
The launch is exciting because Emergents TCG is one of the most hotly anticipated trading card games to arrive in recent memory. The gameplay is based on strategy and deck building is a key part of that, similar to epic physical TCGs like Magic: The Gathering. The difference is that Emergents TCG is entirely digital, based on the energy-friendly Tezos blockchain.
There have been efforts to establish digital TCGs using blockchain in the past. The idea has always been to cater to players who disdain the “free-to-play” model. There’s big demand for digital trading card games that retain the traditional buying and selling elements, which isn’t available with free-to-play games. Unfortunately, most early efforts have failed to capture the imagination of card collecting fans because of the complexity of interacting with the blockchain – the need to set up a wallet, buy crypto etc.
This is what Emergents TCG aims to overcome, with a simple user interface that allows users to buy and trade their cards using fiat money – or crypto if they want. InterPop, the creator of Emergents TCG, promises that the mechanics are so simple that most users won’t even be aware that they’re using a blockchain.
The cards existing on the blockchain allow them to act as unique entities, ones you can unlock special qualities for, trade them, sell them, and track their history. However, you don’t need to know how Tezos or a Blockchain works to experience the Emergents TCG. All Tezos does is ensure that each card is a unique entity, which can be “owned” and traded, with its history of ownership fully trackable. However, the actual inner workings of the blockchain are hidden behind a simple UX.
In other words, players just get to focus on the game itself, building up their decks and taking on others as they strive to become one of the most successful, and recognized players in the game.
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“Our goal has never been to “build the best blockchain game” it has always been to build a better game than what was out there,” said InterPop CEO Brian David-Marshall. “[A game that] could go toe-to-toe with best in class trading card games and recapture some of the excitement that came from buying, selling, and trading Magic or Pokemon cards in the real world.”
The exclusive Super Booster packs are available to buy now, ready to crack open with immediately playable cards. Each one will feature Emergents Universe comic cover art by all-star comic creators Amanda Conner, Colleen Doran, Juan Doe, Steve Ellis, Adrián Gutiérrez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Yuko Shimizu, and many more.